Cervicogenic Headache

Let’s talk about Cervicogenic Headaches.

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You may be experiencing from a condition known as Cervicogenic Headache … If you have you been experiencing headaches lately and have had some associated neck pain.

Patients with Cervicogenic Headaches may experience:

  • One-sided pain that can mimic tension type headaches or migraines. 
  • Pain is usually one sided and begins at the neck and can spread to the eyes, forehead, and temples. 
  • Patients often do not complain of any sensitivity to light and noise which is common in migraines. 
  • Associated neck pain or a reduction in range of motion.

Cervicogenic headaches are thought to be caused by irritation of cervical structures that are innervated by spinal nerves C1, C2 and C3. Therefore, any structure in the neck that is innervated by these spinal nerves that is irritated may cause pain in the neck and then refer pain up the face and head, which will then lead to headaches.

Cervicogenic headaches are a rare form of headache but is commonly seen in people between the ages of 30 and 44 years old and affects both females and males equally.

In terms of management and treatment of Cervicogenic headaches, physical therapy is often the gold standard which includes manipulative therapy and therapeutic exercise. Patients may look to an anaesthetic or steroid injection for pain relief. Surgery can also be performed although this is often considered as a last resort. With successful treatment of the lesion or cause of irritation in the neck, pain usually resolves within three months.

It’s important to note that treatment does not entirely cure the condition. Regular visits to your health practitioner to monitor symptoms and a tailored management plan is often required to prevent future instances.

If you feel like you’re experiencing Cervicogenic headaches or something similar, the Osteopaths at Valued Health Osteopathy are happy to have a chat with you about your situation, perform a diagnostic assessment, provide treatment, and develop a tailored management plan. 


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About Tom McCormick

Dr. Tom McCormick (Osteopath) is the Director and Principal Osteopath at Valued Health Osteopathy in Bentleigh East. Tom is a qualified Osteopath and Dry needling practitioner and is also a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach. Tom has also completed further studies in optimal movement patterns with the FMS (Functional Movement Systems).Tom believes it is important to address the immediate issues causing pain, however feels it is equally important to improve his patient’s ongoing movement, tissue quality, muscle activation and muscle strength in order to optimize injury recovery and reduce the chance of re-aggravation. Since Tom graduated as an Osteopath he has had the opportunity to work both in Queensland and Victoria within private practice and has worked closely with sporting teams. Tom has suffered many injuries and complaints over the years due to his heavy interest in sport. From broken bones, torn cartilage, tendon and muscle injuries to even a double hernia repair, this is ultimately what led Tom into the health field. Tom has a hands on approach to healthcare by utilizing a broad range of techniques that are tailored specifically to each patient. Such techniques include mobilization, soft tissue massage, stretching, trigger point therapy, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation. Although Tom enjoys treating athletes, he also thrives on the sense of enjoyment that comes with helping his patients of all ages with many other injuries. Tom also has experience in treating headaches, back and neck pain, hip, knee and ankle injuries and shoulder and elbow pain. Here at Valued Health Osteopathy Tom will use his Osteopathic experience, coupled with his further training to assess, diagnose, rehabilitate and treat in order to get you moving better with less pain. Outside of work Tom loves to travel, watch plenty of sport, exercise and loves a good coffee.